Our next walk will be held in Cullahill on Sunday, May 27 where we will meet at the community centre at 11.15am. This is a grade A walk and will take 3 hours to walk the 12km. Please wear strong walking boots and bring some rain gear. Walk will cost €2 and we will have a cup of tea in the community centre on our return.


Bus to Clonfert for a day of prayer and healing on Saturday, May 26 will leave Stradbally at 8.30am. Phone Eileen 059 8625215/25902. Booking essential.


Congratulations to all of our athletes who competed at the recent Laois track and field championships at St Abbans. We wish good luck to those competing in the upcoming Community Games cross country relay national finals in Athlone, next weekend, Eoin Donlon, Conor Donlon, Canice Whearty, Sean Sheridan and Jake Bickerdike.


Work and clean up nights have started and if you would like to help and join our crew why not come down the town from 7pm to 9pm every Tuesday. All you need is a pair of gloves, brush, and a smile. Enjoy the chat and banter as we try to make an effort for this years tidy towns.


Good luck to all the children from our area who travel to the national finals to be held in Athlone this coming weekend. Emma O Neill and Peter Little [model making], Paddy Corcoran [handwriting], Denis Shaughnessy Corrig and Noah Fingelton [art] Conor and Eoghan Donlon, Canice Whearty, Sean Sheridan and Jake Bickerdike [cross country]. Best wishes to all Laois participants this weekend and their managers also. Wednesday May 30 is proposed date for our area finals to be held as usual in the Lawn. Registration will be at 6pm and first race for u/6s to off by 6.45pm. All children u/6 to u/16 welcome to compete from the Stradbally, Timahoe and Vicarstown area. Medal winners [including fourth placed] will go fordward as part of the Stradbally area team to compete in the Laois finals to be held in St Abbans sports complex on June 10. Last year over 50 children competed for our area, it would be great to repeat this involvment. Thursday 31 we will hold the long

puck, ball throw and shot putt competitions for u12/14 competitors starting at 7pm. Athletics training Mondays and Thursdays 7.15 to 8.15 with Claire, Aishling, Zandra and Tanya. All parents welcome.


Annual outing will this year be on Saturday, June 30 and will leave Social Services Hall at 10am and return approx 9.30pm. Outing will be to Altamont Gardens with tour of walled gardens included. A visit to Nicholas Mosse Pottery and Kilkenny Castle and with some stops on the way for coffee shopping in Kilkenny and finishing the day with dinner in River Court Hotel, Kilkenny. Names and deposit can be given to any of the following Pauline Harrison 8625359, Vera Donohue 8625273, Dorrie Moran 8625217.


Tuesday 1pm - 5pm & 5.30pm - 8pm, Thursday 1pm - 5pm & 5.30pm - 8pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm.


Stradbally Youth Centre are looking for your support as we are holding a race night to raise much needed funds in order to keep our doors open. Our race night is being held in Nappers Tandys on Saturday, June 2. We are hoping that you will support us by either sponsoring a race for a cost of €50 or buying a horse for €20. If you would like to help by selling a card on our behalf we would be very grateful. If you wish to support us please contact any of the leaders or phone 086 1525600. Any support at all would be greatly appreciated as we would like to keep this centre in the heart of our community.


Stradbally ICA are planning a day trip to Belfast to visit The Titanic exhibition. It is hoped to have the trip in June. Anyone interested please phone M Graham 0578625272, D Mulhare 8625333, B Kelly 8625419. Date and cost later.


Stradbally family fair will be held at The Lawn on Sunday, July 1.


Every Saturday from 10am-12.30pm. Selling home baking, sweet and savoury, vegetables, preserves, crafts, jewellery etc. Tea and coffee also served on the morning, so go along and have a look around.


Winners of the draw held last weekend in Dunnes 1st prize €300 Carmel Delaney and other winners were €150 Martin Mahon, €75 Angela Connell, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th prizes of €25 each to Fran Baker, Lambes Stew, Dara Kavanagh, Mick Kelly. Other winners were Emma Maher, DJ Byrne and Robert Costello. Thanks to all for your continued support.


Come along to the Arthouse and Library, Stradbally for a morning of fun and craft. Faciliated by an artist, this group offers an opportunity for your toddler to meet up and play with other children, take part in an art activity and for you to have a tea or coffee with other parents. Cost per family €3 starting on May 24 and every consecutive Thursday from 10am to 12 noon. Contact 0578641740 or


Stradbally St Vincent de Paul would like to thank everyone who joined them in their sponsored walk last Sunday. Also a big thank you to everyone who sponsored them. Your support and generosity is much appreciated.


Any confirmation child wishing to become a pioneer should contact school principal or any member of the PTAA before the end of May. Phone 057 8625321, 8625146.


Digital television switch over is on October 24. You may have seen the adverts for Saorview. In the next few weeks a community outreach digital switchover programme will be launch to help those who may need some help in understanding and making the change. This will mean that we will be working with the programme in our area to avoid callers to your home claiming to be checking your TV. We would ask you all not to accept calls or inspections of your house and do not allow anyone to remove aerials or to hand over any money. If you have any questions then just ring Lo-call 1890940980. Saoirview have no agents or callers so anyone who calls to you claiming to be checking or working on the change over should be ask to leave and take any details you can and pass on to our local garda. Do not allow them into your home or to remove your aerials. We would ask you to contact your neighbours and those who are living alone to make sure that they have heard and are aware of the contact number.


The following are the results of the whist drive held on May 18. Top score Cora Moore, 1st Lady Kay Chase, 2nd lady Kit Farrell, 1st half Teresa Grufferty, 2nd half Maud Wynne, lowest score Betty Keegan, hatching B O’Brien, 1st gent Beatrice Hendy, 2nd gent Mick Foy, 1st half John Harrison, 2nd half Nora Fisher, lowest score Eamonn Owens, hatching Mai Hendy, raffles Molly O’Brien, Beatrice Hendy, Leslie Colton, Beatrice Hendy, Lorna Allen, Kay Chase, Martha Power, Dominic Hartnett and Kay Chase. Thank you to all who attended the whist drive and to all who conbributed prizes and helped on the night. The proceeds will go the Tidy Towns committee. Next whist drive will take place on Friday, June 15 commencing at 8.30pm sharp and all welcome.


First Holy Communion was held in the Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally on Saturday morning, May 19 and the following 38 pupils were recipients: Alex Kelly, Alexandra Wright, Anna Crean, Aoibhe Brennan, Aoife Horgan, Ashley Maher, Ava Carroll, Chloe Mills, Clare Carroll, David Fennelly, Edel Deegan, Ellen Greene, Emma Kelly, Farrah Scully, Grace Scully, Grainne McCaul, Harry Maloney, Hollie Louise Morrissey, Indah O’Reilly, Jodie Deegan, Kayla Darcy, Kevin Sheehy, Laura Dempsey, Leanne Kelly, Matthew Buggy-Doheny, Megan Byrne, Orla

Hennessy, Padraig Ryan, Paul Lawlor, Rachel Kelly, Rory Lawlor, Ronan Donlon, Sarah Tuohy, Sean McDonald, Sinead Larkin, Thomas Clancy, Tiernan Kelly and Zoe Delaney.